The English Channel is both the world’s busiest maritime thoroughfare and the main gateway to NW Europe. And it is likely to become busier as the traffic of goods and people between the UK and the Continent grows. The common problems generated by this vital artery strengthen the need for trans-national co-operation , which will be tested by the EMDI project through pilot initiatives on a series of themes including tourism, integrated coastal zone management and higher education. The key objective of the 1.9 M euro project is the further development of the Trans-Manche Atlas, a product of earlier co-operation between English and French authorities, into a sophisticated Regional Data Tool that can be used by authorities and practitioners across the area. The lead partner on the project, which will develop the atlas using the latest advances in ICT is France’s Region Haute-Normandie. The sharing of data and analysis between the partners will help forge a better understanding of the strategic issues facing the areas bordering the channel, fostering greater European integration.
Main objective :
To contribute to increased European integration by orientating and fostering the cooperation between French Regions and English local authorities either side of the Channel.
- Further developing the knowledge base and regional data source already represented by the Transmanche Atlas, the result of early cross-Channel co-operation. Through the sharing of data and analysis between the project partners, it means seeking a better understanding and definition of the lines of strategic interest across the Channel area as well as theme-based policy directions for operational co-operation. This will result in an applied strategic vision for the Channel area.
- Creating the conditions for the tangible co-operation between the English and French stakeholders in various sectors and to test such co-operation through pilot initiatives on different themes: Tourism, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Higher Education/R&D/Transfer of Technology, Fishing Resources, Maritime safety and transport intermodality.
- Developing the Transmanche Atlas into a Regional Data Tool which can be of operational use to local authorities and other stakeholders involved in co-operative ventures. On the one hand, this project aims to develop the innovative concept of a tool using the latest development of the ICT e.g. virtual workspace common to all users and document engineering underpinning new generation IT atlases. The use of this new technology will provide a sophisticated tool specifically designed to meet the transnational requirements of the Channel area. On the other hand, the approach for building such a tool will also be innovative insofar as the content of the common knowledge base will be defined and built by organisations working within the defined sectors, supported but not led by academia. This will ensure the development of a fully and permanent data tool for practitioners in the Channel area.